Saturday, June 2, 2012

Google Images Define Words in New Dictionary

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Look out Merriam-Webster, there's a new competitor in town: Google. A new image-based dictionary bearing Google's name is a bit different and operates on the idea that a picture is worth a thousand words, replacing every definition with the first image that showed up in a Google Images search for that name.
Actually, Google didn’t produce this alphabetical image dictionary. Two artists from London, Ben West and Felix Heyes, are the actual brains behind the 1,240 page book containing 21,000 visual definitions.
Google with their massive servers and large images portfolio is starting to become and online pictionary. Ben laid out the sadest truth when he said, “It’s really an unfiltered, uncritical record of the state of human culture in 2012,” concludes Ben.
So, how are we faring? “I would estimate about half of the book is revolting medical photos, porn, racism or bad cartoons.”
As for the book itself, it could also be worth a thousand or more lawsuits, depending on who holds the copyrights to the various images within the book. If you would like a copy of the book you can visit Ben's site to pick up a copy and see more of his work.
What do you think of this dictionary? Would you like this being the new norm for a dictionary? 

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